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Monterey Walking Tours

Address: One Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: +1 831-521-4884
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Ranked #7 of 72 Activities in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Escape the crowds and discover Monterey up close and on foot, with the Original Monterey Walking Tours. Experience a tour of Monterey that's entertaining, highly rated and fun for all ages. Our historic Monterey walking tours take through the Cradle of California - from the Spanish explorers to California statehood. Cannery Row walking tours relive the days when Monterey was the "Sardine Capital of the World". See the places and meet the people made famous by John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row".
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

My family and I booked Thom for a whole day tour of Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach and down to the northern coast of Big Sur to Bixby Bridge. The area was very very picturesque - like something out of a storybook. Pristine beaches, rocky coastlines, and beautiful missions. I love the fairytale houses and so many flowers! Special mention goes... More

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Moraga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Thom Diggins of Monterey Walking Tours knows a lot about Old Monterey. He shares it generously on an easy two hour walk. He takes you from the present to the recent past when Monterey was a dying town then back to the time when Cabrillo and his crew, the first Europeans, saw the site of Monterey. He works his way... More

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Morgan Hill, California
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4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Thom Diggins is a walking wealth of California history and he imparts it is a most enjoyable way. He shows you things and explains how they impacted the development of the state in a way that makes you want the tour to go for another hour or more. He knows and loves Monterey, Cannery Row and it shows. His tour... More

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San Jose, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We gave tour-guide Thom a 5-star review for his incredibly interesting and informative tour of Historic Monterey. I asked Thom if we could take this tour for the 80th birthday of a good friend, and he went out of his way to accommodate us. Our friend is a retired teacher and knew a lot about the history of California, BUT... More

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I've experienced many walking tours around the world, I have always found that the guides local knowledge and insight adds to the flavor of the information being shared. Thom's knowledge of the history of Canney Row combined with Steinbecks history and current events and local politics added a completely different view of the Row, its history and what may lie... More

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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband, dog and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour today. Thom is very knowledgeable, professional and personable. We were so inspired that we'll be visiting our library to pick up books on the area just to try and remember everything he shared with us. Really good stuff! We look forward to joining him for another tour soon. I didn't ask... More

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Monterey, CA
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I had a fantastic time taking the walking tour of Cannery Row. From seeing places that you know and love from Steinbeck's adventures, to hidden gems and secrets, there is something for everyone in this tour. The walk is easy for everyone, and should not be missed on a visit to Monterey County! Thank you Thom for the great day!

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Fairfield, California
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27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Thomm Diggins tour is first rate. He explains the details of the Indian times, then the Spanish mission times, then the Mexican times and finally the territory and statehood times. While he talks he walks you about the sites where the events he is describing actually took place. I had not realized the importance of Monterey, our first capital, in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a great tour of a great city. Thomm is very informative and entertaining. We have been visiting Monterey for many years but learned so much from this tour. I would highly recommend it for new visitors as well a folks who have been here before. You won't be sorry!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Absolutely loved hearing the history of Monterey! Tour guide was very informative! I highly recommend it if you're into history........even if you aren't!

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